Africa Writes have teamed up with University of Alberta Press to bring you an excerpt from Valerie Mason-John’s I Am Still Your Negro. Here’s a blurb of the poetry collection:
Spoken-word poet Valerie Mason-John unsettles readers with potent images of ongoing trauma from slavery and colonization. Her narratives range from the beginnings of the African Diaspora to the story of a stowaway on the Windrush, from racism and sexism in Trump’s America to the wide impact of the Me Too movement. Stories of entrapment, sexual assault, addictive behaviours, and rave culture are told and contrasted to the strengthening and forthright voice of Yaata, Supreme Being. I Am Still Your Negro is truth that needs to be told, re-told, and remembered.
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Self Portrait 2
CALL ME MY NAME
My Queerness is part of my identity
The love of my chosen families
My Queernesss is nature’s resplendence
The flowering of my ancestry
My Queerness is being out of the closet
The karma of my queer-bashers
My Queerness is the emancipation of all beings
A fact of life
Queer, Zami, Adofuro, Yan Daudu, Ikihindu
Our Pride before Colonizers came
Gender Fluid, Non-Binary, Genderqueer, Gender Variant,
Intersex, Agender, Bigender, Transgender, Pangender, Third
Gender, Gender Neutral, Two-Spirit, Mx, Ze, Hir
Is what we reclaim
My Queerness is your fear
Now say my Name
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